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And so this is Christmas – Part 2


Today is Boxing Day (WOOHOOOOOOOO)…which is feel is the equivalent of Black Friday sales.  I have chosen to avoid them this year.

I have finally mustered enough energy to write the 2nd post of the 2 part holiday special.

Taking up where I left off, bought some Egg Nog last year, never having had it before and it turns out that I love it! So this year I bought some more, this time they had cinnamon flavour available too…now i didn’t like this as much as the regular Egg Nog, but all can be forgiven.  I have used these in a couple of recipes in the last couple of weeks.  First I made this Egg Nog Coffee Cake through a link to Mandy’s Recipe Box.  Now I did a couple of things different.  I used a tub of plain chobani 0% yoghurt instead of the sour cream, and i didn’t realise at the time I made it you are supposed to put it in the fridge for a while.  I wanted cake then and there so that didn’t happen….It still worked fine and was a hit with everyone!

Egg Nog Coffee Cake - pre baking

Egg Nog Coffee Cake – pre baking

We made these tiles a couple of days before we closed for the holidays.  Now the idea for these are all over pinterest.  I used Mod Podge to seal them then sprayed them with a can of acrylic to make sure they were fine to use with water as coasters.  The washi tape was on sale at Officeworks, I think I got it for about 70c -90c from a bin near the registers.  The red stars on the white background were much more popular than I anticipated!  Here is a couple of shots of the final products.

Here is a list with links to a few of the other recipes that I have used over the last few days

Maple Cinnamon Nuts

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Martha Stewart – Classic French Toast

Ice-cream Christmas Cake

Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins (we did ours in a loaf tin though)

Raspberry Frost Sodas

A couple of non consumable links are my present wrapping idea and my gift tags.  The gift tags that I used were just so cute.  They are from over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night. And there are so many more styles than the ones I used.  I also use washi tape and brown paper to wrap my presents.  I don’t have a link to the exact site where I got the idea from, here are 2 website that have similar ideas.  The first is Curbly and the wash tape idea is at number 2 and the second is this photo over at Flickr.

So between all these ideas and the gift tags this was the end product.

My gift wrapping for 2013

My gift wrapping for 2013

I’m not sure where we would have been without Pinterest this year.  It has certainly made this holiday season MUCH MUCH easier.

So from my family to yours, I hope you have had a very merry and blessed holiday season.



Happy 2013


So on day 2 of the new year I have been pretty successful in posting nearly every day 🙂 YAY ME!

My family generally has dinner together on New Years day and last night was no different.  We had the usual roast lamb and veggies with homemade apple pie for dessert.  Now while Mum took care of the food side of things, I made us all a refreshing drink.  Its called 24-carat Christmas.  Now I know you are thinking ‘But its not Christmas!’.  Well that never stops me making an amazing drink.

I first had this drink 12 months ago for Christmas day last year.  It went over a treat. the combination of the green ginger beer and the hazelnut of the Frangelico make quite a refreshing taste.  And even though the sound of it is gross, I highly recommend it! Especially on a hot summers day.

I forgot to take a photo of it but it looks just like it does in the picture of the website.

Merry Christmas = Merry Drinking


On Christmas Day I celebrated with my family at my sister’s house.  I served up my Egg Nog Monkey bread, that I mentioned in my previous post, for breakfast.  It went down a treat at the 10:30 coffee and present opening session which was the commencement of the family Christmas day.

After presents was Lunch Time!

This is really when the fun of the festivities begins.

My sister took care of all of the lunch food which was spectacular as per usual! And it wasn’t until lunch and then at dinner time when the pinterest recipes came out.

After lunch when everyone was a bit parched, I made a Stone Fruit Sangria, which is from, my favourite, Martha Stewart. I thought this recipe was perfect because all of the stone fruit has just come into season here!  I had bought the week before a drink container from Target that was originally $40 but I got it for 20% off which was very exciting as I had out off buying it for at least 2 weeks prior to that.

I held a few reservations about what the Sangria would actually taste like as I have tried to make a red wine based sangria before and it was HORRIBLE!

Luckily I managed to pick a decent clean skin to use as the wine base for the Sangria and it tasted AMAZING!  It was great because it was super refreshing which is something that everyone needs on a hot Christmas day in Australia.  It doesn’t look quite like it does in the picture, but it sure tasted amazing!

Looks pretty good!

Looks pretty good!

The other delight of the festivities was dinner.  We usually have salads and ham, which were all on the menu again.  My contribution to the salad menu was a Corn and Black Bean Salad, which by coincidence is also a Martha Stewart recipe.  I don’t have a photo for this one, but it tasted amazing too! The only disappointing thing about this recipe was that I left it too long to get the black beans and the health food shop (the only place I have found them so far) was completely sold out :(.  So I substituted for Kidney beans, which gave it the same mexican theme but just wasn’t the same.  Next time I’m going to buy a tin when I see them.  And when I do I will be making this one again.

Only another week and I will be back at school ready to crack out some of the school ideas that I have been constantly pinning over the last month or so.  The kids will be so excited by some of them that for sure.

Christmas at Vacation Care, mainly thanks to Pinterest


Well my vacation has finally arrived after what feels like an eternity especially these last 2 weeks. Most of our craft and cooking during vacation care has come from Pinterest (obviously)! The kids loved all the craft ideas, not so much making the snow (I quite enjoyed that though), and loved eating the cooking!

Apart from making snow some of the craft we did over the last 5 weeks has included reindeer photo framescoffee filter snowflakespaper wreathsreindeer food and giant snow flakes {the link has been disconnected :(}.

So easy, yet so effective!

So easy, yet so effective!

Then there was the food! There were so many things that I could have chosen from to integrate into the program.  We did holly decorated oreo’sa Christmas jello, Grinch cookies as well as ice-cream cone Christmas trees.  Then for Christmas Morning I make an Egg Nog monkey bread.  Which was a hit with everyone in my family!

The kids loved this!

The kids loved this!

Christmas Morning Treat!

Christmas Morning Treat!

So cute!

So cute!

So as the holiday season comes to an end I am now thinking about what I can do from Pinterest for Easter…but now with the holidays out of the way I can do more everyday cooking that I keep pinning.. and work on my second pair of boot socks 🙂